November 10th, 2016
USTA Florida President’s Message: It Has Been an Honor to Serve
By Nancy Horowitz, USTA Florida volunteer president
As my term ends I need to express how humbling and what an honor it has been to be the president of USTA Florida.
All your support and enthusiasm has been shared and appreciated throughout Florida. So many wonderful things have occurred during these two years — being able to travel around the state, attending workshops, meeting new people and viewing firsthand the wonderful programs and events that are happening North, South, East and West in many of our communities.
I would like to thank all the presidents and boards of directors members before me that have helped our section over the years to reach the point it has to build our new offices in the heart of American tennis in Orlando. Our Executive Director Doug Booth, even though we sometimes agree to disagree, has moved our section to be the best all these years. Our USTA Florida staff, whom I have worked with for many years, is a team that is innovative and progressive to improve things constantly for the love of tennis.
Many of us met decades ago, and through our journey of life stayed friends because of the love of tennis. We’ve always found projects to work on together because we just enjoy working side by side.
In November our new USTA Florida Board of Directors, led by our next President Robert Hollis, will be sworn in. I wish them the very best to keep moving forward — but most of all enjoy the two years, and follow what you believe is the correct path, for the good of USTA Florida.
Over the years so many wonderful quotes have been applied to our association. This quote was used at my first meeting: “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members,” by Coretta Scott King. It shows in the seamless teamwork of staff and volunteers. The leaders in our communities thank all our volunteers for who you are, and for what you do for tennis on all levels and for all ages.
So as things slowly move towards many new and exciting times ahead, I leave you with — yes I am a little crazy, yes I like to have a good time, yes I like you to have fun, but most of all THANK YOU!!!!!
My last quote is one by Maya Angelou “People will forget what you say, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Please live, love and laugh with friends and family which we are — USTA Florida.